Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year? New Class info!

Happy 2015, squad mate! Can you believe we've been cheering together for four years now? Thanks so much for your support and love these years. We do it all for YOU! We have some classes coming up and changes in the schedule, so here is all the info you need!

Hi Squadmate!

We here at Cheerobix HQ would like to thank you for another year of sweaty smiles and sparkly poms, and we hope this holiday season has been filled with joy and rest and lots of fun parties. We just wanted to send you some info on our NEW upcoming class schedule so you know when and where to get your CHEER! Look for weekly studio schedules, super-cheap classes at UIC, and special events in the Chicagoand area and BEYOND>>>

Mondays at 7PM with Mattrick [Matthew Hollis]

Saturdays at 10AM with Jenarator [Jena Ertel]

Classes at Indigo are now only $15 cash at the door! There isn't a pre-registration system anymore, so please make sure to arrive at least 5-10 minutes before class to snag your spot! [Doors will have to be locked by 5 minutes after class, so please leave enough travel time]


1819 W. Grand Ave

Wednesday at 7:30PM with LoRida [Lauren McLaughlin]
$17 per class, or check out their great packages!


Edgewater Fitness Center
1106 W Bryn Mawr Ave 

NEW TIME!! Thursdays from 6:30PM -715PM with Inbognito [Brooke Hunter]
$12 per class/first class free!


Register NOW for Thursday night classes at University of Chicago! All are welcome to sign up for a semester of Cheerobix classes at UIC! Come cheer with The Jenarator on Thursdays from February 29-April 30th for $132. [that's only $10.15 per class!]

January 29th-April 30th

737 S. Halsted St
$132 pre-pay for 13 week session of classes
$66 for UIC students
$88 for UIC members

Registration instructions HERE. Class is by registration only/No drop-ins



Cheerobix with Hot Lavo and Krystenite in Glen Ellyn!

Join tiny powerhouses Lauren Lavorato and Krysten Kellly in Glen Ellyn THIS SUNDAY!! Pre-register HERE

Cheerobix in Glen Ellyn
Sunday, January 4th

800 St. Charles Rd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

$15 Pre-Registration
$16 Cash at Door


January 90-minute Cheerobix Workshop
Happy New Cheers!

Sunday, January 11th with Jenarator, Merarvelous and Hot Lavo

820 N. Orleans

$15 for one
$25 for two
$35 for three


January Cheerobix Express
Sunday, January 25th with Mattrick and Jenarator

820 N. Orleans

$15 for one
$25 for two
$35 for three

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cheerobix for Charity at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness!

Hi there, squad mate! We've been missin you, and would like to invite you to a special event at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness ~ Illinois Center!  Mattrick will be serving up some Holiday Cheer next Thursday, December 11th at 7PM and it's FREE! We're partnering with LSF and Little Elves of Love to offer and hour of free cheer in exchange for any new, unwrapped toy.  We'd love to see ALL of you there! There's TONS of space and we want to fill it!

Cheerobix for Charity!
Thursday, December 11th

Lakeshore Sport & Fitness at Illinois Center
211 N Stetson Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60601 

Parking in adjacent lot only $5 with validation

Little Elves of Love aims to provide comfort to ailing children being cared for by Shriners Hospitals for Children. We donate toys of any kind to patients residing in the hospital during the holiday season.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

November means JIVE TURKEYS!

Hello there, Squadmates!

Matthew, Jenarator and Jyldo are hard at work making up some new routines to bring us into fall and are getting down to some funky old tunes as well as some newer hits and old pop standards. So let's all be some JIVE TURKEYS and swivel our hips around THIS SUNDAY!
You'll see new stuff to ALL NEW songs by: FloRida, Fergie, Pitbull and more! Plus some Madonna and vintage Hanson as well as some old disco faves in the Cheerobix library. We've got quite an eclectic playlist forming that will be sure to make you get down and jump up! Pre-register HERE

Sunday, November 2nd
November Cheerobix Workshop
11:00AM - 12:30PM

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans

$15 for one
$25 for two
$35 for three

Bring your friends and celebrate a month of being grateful for the power of DANCE [with poms]


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TWO Cheerobix Expresses in September!

Oh, hi there Squadmate!

What a glorious month! The season changes to fall, kids go back to school, and your Captains offer TWO chances to take an hour-long Cheerobix class at HIFI!

Join us THIS SUNDAY and pre-register HERE

Cheerobix Express
Sunday, September 14th

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans

$15 for you
$25 for you and a pal
$35 for you and two pals

Next Express:

Sunday, September 28th

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans

$15 for you
$25 for you and a pal
$35 for you and two pals

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Lovin [happened so FAST!]

Squadmate! How has your summer been? Super groovy? Madly busy? Have you had enough cheer?

Well, you're in luck, wonderful squad mate. It's time once again to gather together and honor the theme of the month: Summer Lovin!

 We'll be resurrecting the Grease Megamix, as well as Bananarama and vintage Katy Perry.  We already have some fun new routines set to songs by: Pitbull, Meghan Trainor, Nicki Minaj, The Go-Go's,  Ed Sheeran and more! Are you ready for this? Come shake your poms with us!

August Cheerobix Workshop
Summer Lovin

Sunday, August 10th

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans
$15 for one
$25 for two
$35 for three

See you soon!
The Jenarator

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Made in the USA!

It's time once again to strap on your bright red sneakers, and pull up your blue short shorts and prance on over to HiFi Fitness for a celebration of America with CHEEROBIX! We'll be serving up some new routines by OneRepublic, LMFAO, Jay Z, Chromeo and more! And of course we'll be bringing back some America-inspired faves by JTX, Miley Cyrus, Taio Cruz and more...

You can pre-register and find out more: HERE

Cheerobix Monthly Workshop
Made in the USA!

Sunday, July 6th

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans

$15 for one
$25 for two
$35 for three

Can't wait to dance with you!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Captain Training!

Do you lovelovelove Cheerobix? Do you ever think you'd like to take that love to the next level and learn how to be a Captain of your own squad? We are looking for experienced, enthusiastic leaders who love dancing with poms to join the ranks of our Captain Team!

To register now, click the "Buy Now" button below

WHEN is the training?

10:00AM -4:30PM

Bend Yoga and Movement Studio
1819 W. Grand Ave.

$119 Early Registration
$139 after August 1st

What will you learn?

First, you'll get an hour-long Master Class with Mattrick, Jenarator, Jyldo and Hot Lavo! Then we move on to the training, where we'll discuss:

  • The Cheerobix Mission
  • Cheerobix Class Structure
  • Cueing with Excellence
  • Breaking Down Music
  • Elements of Fitness
  • Gathering your Squad
  • Building your Business
  • How to "Spread the Gospel"
  • Post-Training Resources

What will you need to become a certified Captain?
  • Experience teaching movement
  • Certification in Group Exercise/Yoga/Dance/Other movement-based format
  • CPR Certification
  • 30+ hours of dance fitness classes [teaching and/or taking]
  • A desire to deepen your knowledge of the Cheerobix mission
  • A positive, welcoming spirit!

Can I take the training AND THEN get certified in Group Ex?

Totally! If it takes longer than 6 months to complete your eligibility, you'll just need to come take the next training [at a discounted rate] to re-up your education :)

Will I be a Captain as soon as training is over?

The short answer is no, but you WILL BE a JUNIOR CAPTAIN! 
This is just a training.  Once you have completed your training, you are a Junior Captain. You may already have all the requirements under your belt,  but maybe need a little more practice with our style of cueing.  Or maybe you've been teaching yoga, but are new to dance fitness and need time to put your hours in... Whatever your unique situation is, we will communicate with you by email or in person as to what you will need to do to become a Certified Captain once the training is complete.  Here are some of the teaching requirements:
  • Cueing with confidence and excellence
  • Clarity of movement and rhythm
  • Fullness of movement
  • Ability to improvise and multi task 
  • Ability to learn videotaped routines
  • Physical Endurance
  • Is an Ambassador of the Cheerobix Mission
  • Cheerobix Captain Membership

What is the Cheerobix Captain Membership?

This keeps you certified as a Captain and provides you with the existing library of Cheerobix routines, as well as a constant flow of new material. You will get a Vimeo account that will give you access to these routines and updates as to when they are uploaded.  The cost is only $30 per quarter or $99 for the year.

Oh no! I'm not certified in anything but I love Cheerobix and want to take the training, can I do that?

Sure! We love spreading the mission to all our squadmates and if you want more knowledge of the Cheerobix mission and spend a day seeing for yourself what goes into being a Captain, we'd love to have you!

What if I have more questions?

No problem! Please ask! Email us: cheerobix [at] gmail [dot] com

Your Spirited Leaders

Cheerobix is a magical dance fitness class with poms! You'll be drenched in sweat while you dance, prance and drop it low. This is your squad. Come cheer dance with us!

Matthew Hollis [Mattrick Swayze]

Matthew Hollis has been committed to fitness for over 6 years as a certified personal trainer and iron-pumping addict. He trains individuals, teaches various group classes and boot camps, and will whip your hot tail into gear. His no nonsense approach keeps his clients focused and working hard throughout every workout. Your results are his top priority, but lucky for you, he is also very charming and fun to have around. You can find Matthew teaching and training and Cheetah Gyms, Columbia College, Indigo Studio and corporate classes at Google!

Jena Ertel [the Jenarator]

Jena began her on-again off-again experience with poms in middle school and has had cheer in her heart ever since. A degree in Dance from Columbia as well as a Dance Education certification from UWM led her to over 10 years [so far] of teaching dance and movement of all sorts to people of all ages. Jena currently teaches group fitness and yoga classes and loves the booming sound of unison pom swishes. She is a certified yoga instructor and is constantly building her knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology so she can be the best educator to her students. If she is not practicing her body rolls and high kicks, you'll probably find the Jenarator smothering her little doggie and baby Emmitt with kisses or obsessing over flora or fauna of some sort.


Well, Mattrick and the Jenarator have been great pals for just about ever, meeting as dance students in college. They have performed together and separately for over a decade and have been cheering together for about 6 years.

In 2007, Matthew created a performance group/concept called the "Power of Cheer" based on his need to be his own best cheerleader. So began an honest, funny, raw series of performances done with two other men, and sometimes just he alone.

As the popularity of the Power of Cheer grew, so did the squad. A core group of 5 males and 4 females began to form and not only did Matthew create, produce and execute a hugely successful full-length evening performance piece, but this core squad also began performing full-scale pom routines and original cheers for the halftime shows for the Windy City Rollers, as well as pranced and kicked on a moving float for 3 consecutive Gay Pride Parades.

It seemed evident that the practice that went into rehearsing for these shows was so physically demanding, that it would make for a really fun, cardio-tastic form of group fitness. With that in mind, in summer 2010, Matthew was asked by the City of Chicago to lead a series of ‘Cheerobics’ classes in Millennium Park, which was wildly popular.

One night, Jena and Matthew were dancing around in an empty beergarden and he showed her some of the moves from these ‘Cheerobics’ classes and Jena got so excited she said, “We HAVE to do this. People would LOVE this! “

And now here we are. Present day. Jena joins forces with Matthew to co-create a Cheerobix curriculum and pedagogy to take to all the inner cheerleaders out there. Because it's fun to dance, its fun to prance, and darn it--its fun to play with pom pons!